THE FI­NAL­ISTS

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PETER KEAR­NEY’S 527KW EVO VII

Ev­ery­one loves to see a bad story come good, and Christchurch lo­cal Peter Kear­ney’s Evo fits that de­scrip­tion af­ter his orig­i­nal engine was blown up by a me­chanic friend. Peter didn’t let this de­ter him, and in­stead re­built the Evo into one very wild street car. The new engine combo — which is more drag car than street car — sends 527kW to all four wheels, with plenty more to come thanks to a fully built, stan­dard-stroke 4G63. All this is pack­aged in a shell that is bor­der­line sleeper-look­ing, if it wasn’t for the grille-mounted Ac­cusump.

MAD MIKE’S RADBUL MX5

‘Mad Mike’ Whid­dett’s Mazda MX-5 is quite pos­si­bly the wildest im­port car ever built in New Zealand. The 900-odd-kW, PPREbuilt twin-turbo 26B is backed by a Holinger HD6 se­quen­tial box, and ASD-built Win­ters Quick Change diff. It now runs up­dated ND MX-5 body­work, and Mike has put to­gether a cus­tom Rocket Bunny bodykit, liv­ery, and wheels to suit the 2016 look.

JESSE REMKES’ 2JZ-GTE E46 BMW

The BMW E46 is a very pop­u­lar chas­sis for an engine swap here in New Zealand, but few pull it off with the fit and fin­ish Jesse achieved with his 2JZ-pow­ered sedan. From the colour-coded half cage and wheels, through to the black-on-black engine bay, this is a street car with class that could also kick your arse thanks to the 2JZ-GTE lurk­ing un­der the bon­net. Seven years of ownership have seen this ma­chine con­stantly evolve, and lead to the tyre-fryer be­fore you.

JOHN STRIDE’S FD3S RX-7

A three-year labour of love, John’s FD rep­re­sents ev­ery­thing we ad­mire about a New Zealand street car. Great lengths were taken to get the engine bay as clean as pos­si­ble with a mod­ern 13B turbo. Not a sin­gle piece of al­loy es­caped the pol­isher, and the en­tire car has been de­loomed. Hid­den un­der all that bling is a very po­tent 13B bridge-port block, a Sinco man­i­fold, and cus­tom­ized Gar­rett 35/40. Once some boost is wound in, this will make some se­ri­ous num­bers for a streeter.

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